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Thursday, January 24 2019, from 12pm to 1:30pm

With Dr. Cynthia Hammond

Women academics are on the rise, statistically, in Canadian universities. But women academics still make up less than 50% of the full-time professorial in this country. Women are less likely to get tenure than their male counterparts in the United States, and far less likely to occupy senior leadership positions in European universities. Women of colour are extremely poorly represented within academia as a whole. What can we do about this? Dr Cynthia Hammond (Professor, Department of Art History and Lead Co-Director, Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling) will lead a workshop on professional skills for graduate students (MA and PhD) and emerging scholars (recent graduates and postdoctoral fellows). While a workshop cannot change structural bias, it can potentially equip attendees with some tools and knowledge that may help them as they enter the job market. Key themes will include self-presentation, applying for jobs, interviewing, the "job talk", and after. If there is interest we can also discuss what to expect in the first year of a tenure-track or contractual appointment. We will devote time to questions that attendees wish to have answered, as well, such as what to do in the event that you feel there has been overt (or systemic and subtle) discrimination. This workshop will be geared towards women, but all are welcome to attend.


We are pleased to announce this winter's programme of events at COHDS!

Register online to our various workshops and events!

Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (COHDS), Concordia University Second Co-Director – Call for Nominations and Self-Nominations

13 December 2018

The Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling invites proposals for its sixth Emerging Scholars Symposium on Oral History, Digital Storytelling, and Creative Practice, which will take place on Friday, March 22, 2019.

With the chosen title of Critical Creations for this year's Symposium, we want to position emerging scholarship in oral history under the umbrella of research-creation. Critical Creations in Oral History is an inter/transdisciplinary gathering that invites proposals from emerging scholars in oral history, digital storytelling, and creative practice. Researchers in related fields, such as museology, education, documentary film, memory studies, new media arts, sociology, and anthropology are invited to submit proposals.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 18, 2019.

Click here for all the details.

Photo credit: Painting by Cedar Eve

The Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling offers an annual Award of Distinction in Oral History. This $500 student award recognizes research excellence in the interdisciplinary field of oral history.

Graduate students enrolled at Concordia University, and affiliated with COHDS, who completed their work after 1 April 2018 are eligible to be nominated (by their professor or self-nominated). Citizens, landed immigrants or international  students are eligible. An adjudication committee at COHDS selects the best research paper, research creation project, or thesis. The results will be announced at the annual Emerging Scholars Symposium, to be held next year on March 22 2019.

Applications should include:

The research paper or thesis, or any material describing the research creation project (website URL, text, images, etc.), a cover letter including information on the study program, and a short summary of the project being submitted for consideration (250 words or so).

Applications may be submitted by email up until 1 February 2019 to: ohconcordia@gmail.com.

If you are a student, please consider nominating yourself, and if you are a professor, please consider nominating a student. Once again, this prize can go either to a thesis or to a research paper, or to a research creation project. Nominees must already be affiliated with COHDS at the time of application.

Friday, November 23 2018, from 10am to 12pm

With Jumayel Islam and Robert Mercer

Oral history is a conversational narrative, structured by the back-and-forth between interviewer questions and interviewee responses. Yet we tend to analyse our transcripts as though the interviewer was not in the room. The workshop will introduce the COHDS community to path-breaking research into a new methodology that will help us analyse this interview dynamic – isolating moments of reticence, hedging, deflection, silence, boosting, and so forth. It will change your practice. This initiative is part of the “Living Archives of the Rwandan Diaspora,” a SSHRC-funded partnership development project between COHDS, Page Rwanda, and the Geomedia Lab.


The Annual General Assembly is coming very soon! The AGA will take place on Tuesday, November 6th, from 11am to 3pm at LB-1019.

The AGA will hold important votes on our agenda which requires your valuable input, as well as exciting news related to COHDS's community!

We are honoured to have Dr Heather Igloliorte as our Keynote Speaker, whose presentation will be "Oral History in Community and by Community: Speaking with Inuit Artists about their Work”. Dr. Heather Igloliorte is an Inuk scholar and independent curator who holds the University Research Chair in Indigenous Art History and Community Engagement at Concordia University, which is seated on unceded Indigenous lands of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation,who are recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters of Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal.

Additionally, this year there will be lots of lively new activities including a Launch Lunch for Quebec Heritage News (Fall 2018 edition), an ALL-Lab Warming Visit with Luis Sotelo Castro. We’re bringing back the Communi-Tea with Leila Qashu where you can grab a tasty treat in the company of your oral history peers and share what you’re working on!

Under the leadership of Dr Steven High, COHDS is co-hosting the Oral History Association 2018 Annual Meeting from October 10 to 14. With 140 sessions, 800 delegates, and 25 parallel research-creation projects located throughout the downtown Concordia campus, library, and surrounding neighbourhoods, this is going to be an unprecedented showcase for oral history research, and research-creation, in Montreal.

You can now register to the conference! Click here for more information. The program is also available online.

Following a renovation that began in Spring of this year, COHDS will reopen on Wednesday, October 10th, the first day of the Oral History Association meeting in Montreal. A particularly exciting feature of our reopening will be the first glimpse of Dr Luis Sotelo Castro's Acts of Listening Laboratory, or "ALL". With his emphasis on listening in post-conflict zones, and research-creation that responds to questions of memory, justice, and storytelling, Dr Sotelo Castro’s new Lab will complement our Centre’s existing strengths in sharing authority and difficult knowledge. This state-of-the-art laboratory will form an integral part of COHDS’s research and creation activities in the years to come, and facilitate a core objective: to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration through oral history, the arts, and digital media.

With so many affiliates involved in the upcoming OHA, we are focusing our fall programming on their activities, emphasizing the public and free events that everyone may access.

Wednesday, October 10 2018, from 9 to 11am

With Paul Thompson

Archiving Oral History and Secondary Analysis with Paul Thompson (Pre-OHA, Public Access)

The Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling and the Concordia Library are proud to co-sponsor a two hour workshop on "Archiving Oral History and Secondary Analysis" with Paul Thompson, one of the founders of global oral history. He is the author of the classic text The Voice of the Past (4th edition 2017) as well as other key books such as The Myths We Live By (with Raphael Samuel).

The workshop will explore a series of key questions facing oral historians:

  1. Why archive oral history interviews? How can you decide which sets of interviews are most worth archiving? What are the most important forms of accessibility and finding aids? What are the ethical and copyright issues involved in using material collected for other purposes?
  2. Why secondary analysis? Using earlier data as a pilot for your own fieldwork research. Extending your sample base by using previously collected data. Studies of your material by other researchers. Restudies over time.
  3. What are the difficulties? Losing the feel of collecting original data. Interpreting data collected in other contexts.
  4. The value of mixed methods: combining your own and other’s data.

The Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling's first workshop of the fall semester will take place on Tuesday, September 18 2018!

*Please be advised that this workshop will be given in French.

Given by Stéphane Martelly, COHDS' Coordinator and Community Facilitator, this workshop will provide you with some of the fundamentals in the interdisciplinary field of oral history. Participants will learn about the evolution of the field, its approach to interviewing, ethics in research, and the many ways that oral historians now go public with their research and recorded stories. This workshop is strongly recommenced to all new affiliates, as it is intended to present the methodology and ethics developed and followed by our Centre.

PLEASE NOTE that due to our presently reduced space, priority will be given to COHDS affiliates.



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